Lymph node removal with IBC?


Question from Tamera: Is it commonplace for surgeons not to remove lymph nodes with IBC because it is strictly for staging?
Answers - Thomas Buchholz The standard treatment for IBC first consists of chemotherapy. After a response to chemotherapy is achieved, the standard surgical treatment is to remove both the breast and the axillary (under the arm) lymph nodes. Dissection remains a standard part of the surgical treatment of inflammatory breast cancer. Subsequently patients should receive radiation and, as Dr. Hortobagyi just mentioned, Herceptin and hormonal treatment when appropriate.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2006, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., Thomas Buchholz, M.D., andĀ moderatorĀ Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answered your questions about inflammatory breast cancer, a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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